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Trade Marks and the Territorial Limits on the High Court’s JurisdictionFebruary 15, 2019

UK and EU trade marks are a highly effective means of protecting your brand – but they are subject to territorial limits. The High Court...

Gold Visas Scheme Relaunch With Vetting ProposedFebruary 12, 2019

The Government has taken steps to halt the 'Tier 1 Investor' visa scheme after it became clear that it was being used to launder the...

What is a ‘New Building’ in Planning Terms? Court of Appeal GuidanceFebruary 7, 2019

Can a building which incorporates parts of structures previously on the same site be described as 'new'? In upholding an enforcement notice that required total...

Tenancy or Licence? Security Company Wins Possession OrderJanuary 23, 2019

The distinction between tenancies and licences to occupy premises is crucial but not always easy to draw. A High Court case where this proved central...

Employee Copyright Agreement Achieved Legitimate AimJanuary 18, 2019

Many employers require their staff to sign copyright agreements by which they give up their intellectual property rights to designs or other works created in...

Commercial Articles

Employed or Self-Employed?

Whether you are employed or self-employed makes a substantial difference to how you are taxed and the income tax liabilities of an employed person can...

Employee Fraud – Fraud Act 2006

Employee fraud continues to rise as the recession continues to bite - however,  the Fraud Act 2006 provisions make it easier to obtain convictions for...

Employee Fraud: Warning Signs

Employee fraud was a boom area even before the recession started.  ‘Targeted’ frauds, often backed by organised criminals, are also becoming more common. In these...

Entrepreneur’s Relief – the Basics

From 6 April 2008 disposals of qualifying businesses and business assets have been eligible for Entrepreneurs’ Relief. In simple terms, it allows business owners to reduce...

Failing to Prevent Bribery – Are You at Risk?

The Bribery Act 2010 came into force on 1 July 2011. It created a new offence which can be committed by a commercial organisation if...